27 May 2017
We have a healthcare emergency. Our NHS is on the brink of collapse. Hospitals are closing. Nurses' pay is being frozen. Junior doctors are resigning. People are being treated in hospital corridors.
How did it come to this?
Labour laid the foundations for privatisation. The Lib Dems helped push through the destructive Health and Social Care Act. The Tories are now trying to put more nails in the NHS' coffin, putting the NHS through a cruel form of shock therapy leaving the NHS weaker and on the verge of collapse.
It doesn't have to be like this, and the Green Party has a plan to save our health service and to ensure it is fit for the challenges of the twenty first century.
We'll never sell our NHS to private profiteers, or inflict damaging pay cuts and contract changes on our doctors and nurses.
The Green Party's NHS spending plans will be paid for through increased taxation of big corporations and the better off, the specific proposals are outlined in our manifesto.
Andy Hunter- Rossall, the Green Party candidate for Failsworth, Ashton and Droylsden, says: ‘In January our local Royal Oldham hospital was on a ‘black alert’, having to divert ambulances away from A&E because of bed shortages. Yet across Greater Manchester it costs an estimated £230million a year to run the NHS as a market, that’s money better spent on treatment and care.’
Speaking on the Isle of Wight on 9 May, outside of St Mary’s Hospital which was placed in special measures earlier this year after the health trust was rated as inadequate, Caroline Lucas, co-leader of the Green Party said:
"A confident and caring country is one where we provide people with the healthcare they need, free at the point of use. The Green Party will reverse this race to the bottom on health provision and reinstate our health service to make it a world leader. Indeed if you look at the record of all of the other major parties it's clear that only the Green Party can be trusted on protecting the NHS."